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Triple homicide trials adjusted

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The jury trial set for two suspects charged in the killing of Trey Sanders was pushed to February 2020, according to court records.

Demetrius Jackson and Lemere Jones are each charged with murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm after police say Jackson and Jones approached Sanders with a 9 mm handgun and took Sanders’ wallet on Nov. 6, 2018, according to court records.

Sanders was fatally shot in the upper shoulder area and died from his injuries that evening.

The jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 9, but it is now scheduled for Feb. 24, 2020, according to court records.

The defendants are still set to appear before a jury on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in Grant County Superior Court I for charges related to a triple homicide.

Jackson and Jones are each charged with three counts of murder in the killing of a 42-year-old Marion man, Javon Blackwell, and his 11– and 12-year-old sons, Jayzon and Javon Jr., on Dec. 30. They are also both charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, Level 2 and 3 felonies, respectively, in the triple homicide.

Information filed with the court about the crime said Jackson and Jones went to Blackwell’s South Gallatin Street home armed with a 9 mm handgun.

In the course of the armed robbery and homicides, the defendants allegedly took Blackwell’s phone, watch and miscellaneous guns, according to the information filed in court.